King & Spalding Bolsters Global Antitrust Practice With Senior FTC Official; Appellate Lawyer Joins Firm's Houston Litigation Practice

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 14:01

King & Spalding has recruited Norman A. Armstrong, Jr., former deputy director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, as a partner in its Washington, DC office. Mr. Armstrong will help lead the firm’s global antitrust practice. 

As a deputy director of the FTC, Mr. Armstrong led three divisions that investigate mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in a wide-array of industries including casinos, chemicals, consumer goods, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, retail and technology.

Mr. Armstrong oversaw some of the FTC’s most notable litigation matters in the last few years such as ProMedica Health System’s proposed acquisition of St. Luke’s Hospital, Phoebe Putney Health System’s proposed acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital, and Whole Foods Market’s proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Market. He also oversaw many other important merger investigations, including Kroger’s proposed acquisition of Harris-Teeter, Google’s proposed acquisition of AdMob, Pepsi and Coca-Cola Company’s proposed acquisitions of their largest bottlers, Dow Chemical’s proposed acquisition of Rohm and Hass, and Pfizer’s proposed acquisition of Wyeth. Mr. Armstrong served as deputy director under both the Bush and Obama administrations, making him one of a very few antitrust lawyers to serve in government leadership positions under both Republican and Democratic administrations. 

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King & Spalding has recruited noted Texas appellate specialist Shawn Stephens as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice of its Houston office. Ms. Stephens joins King & Spalding from Baker Hostetler, where she was a partner and leader of the Houston appellate practice.

Ms. Stephens’ practice, which includes both state and federal appeals, involves jury charge preparation and argument, preparing and arguing post-trial and dispositive motions, trial-level error preservation, interlocutory appeals and mandamus actions, as well as traditional appeals. She also has substantial commercial trial experience. Stephens handles significant matters for clients, with a focus on the energy, healthcare and automotive sectors. She is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is the first woman and the first Texan nationally certified in appellate law by the American Institute of Appellate Practice.